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Presidential campaign events are always orchestrated stage shows, and reporters are used to campaigns doing their best to manipulate the media and control the day’s narrative.
But my experience Thursday at a Michelle Obama event in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was a first.
Obama campaign operatives barred me from talking to voters outside the event, to the point of interfering with my interviews and grabbing my microphone.
You can hear some audio of one encounter by playing my radio story above.
Here’s what happened:
During the two-hour wait for the rally to begin, I wanted to talk to some of the supporters attending the event. Since I couldn't leave the media pen at the Upper Dublin High School gymnasium, I told press aide Devora Kaye I'd like to go and find some outside.
Kaye, who is exceptionally pleasant, said I could go out and come back in, but that I couldn't talk to people waiting in line for the event. When I asked why, she mentioned security and crowd-control concerns, which honestly made no sense. Everyone coming into the building would have to go through security again anyway.
I went outside. The line was short and things were peaceful. The only members of the public around to talk to were the people in line to get into the rally, so that’s where I went.
Oh, no you don't
I was speaking to a very enthusiastic Obama supporter named Corinne Dieterle, when I was interrupted by a young man wearing a campaign staff tag telling me I couldn’t be doing this.
This is outside, in front of a public high school.
“You can't be doing this in line,” he said.
“Why is that?” I asked.
No answer. “I’m sorry,” I said. “I can't do what in line?”
“You can't be interviewing people in line,” he said.
I asked him repeatedly who he was and why interviews were banned.
Those inquiries were met with silence. At one point he grabbed my microphone, and released it when I asked him to.
I decided to try speaking to a couple who were approaching, but not yet in the line. A different campaign operative approached and the same thing happened. He also refused to identify himself.
Later, inside the gym, I was in the assigned media pen and chatting across the rope line with Dieterle, who I'd tried to interview earlier. Another Obama press aide, Desiree Peterkin Bell came and politely told me that wasn't permitted.
Michelle Obama: Get Out There and Vote You ‘Confused’ ‘Knuckleheads’
The Tom Joyner Morning Show welcomed Michelle Obama and spoke to her about getting out the vote for her husband Barry. Rather than being somewhat uplifting and encouraging about getting out the vote, she decided to insult people. She also distorted the facts of the race and claimed it is between grassroots Democrats and a few rich Republicans. This is typical of the Obamas so I’m sure no one is surprised.
“All of us know that one person in our lives — that one knucklehead nephew that’s not registered to vote. That one neighbor who’s not really paying attention. That one coworker who’s confused about how Barack’s tax plan will benefit that individual. Those are going to be the conversations that make the difference. And in this election, we’re gonna be making a choice about how we want our democracy run. You know, do we want our president selected by people rolling their sleeves up, knocking on doors, or are we gonna hand it over to a couple of people who write big checks?”
Hmmmm, well seems to me that Barack & Michelle Obama have been the ones running around to the rich crowd. Remember this? and this? and….this? It didn’t seem to be a problem for Barry in 2008 when he was getting those “big checks” now did it? In either case, both campaigns have gotten big checks from some of the same backers.
But the demeaning attitude towards the American voter just echoes the sentiments of her husband. So what she is saying is that if you don’t understand Barry’s tax plan and how it benefits you, you’re just confused and if you haven’t registered to vote you’re a knucklehead. Frankly many people who aren’t registered to vote have no business voting in the first place. I could say the same thing about many who are. But to refer to them as knuckleheads is really beneath the First Lady. But then we’ve seen just how low the Obamas can go before, haven’t we?
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I guess Michelle forgot that George Soros donated millions and millions to her husband's campaigns; not to mention all the companies that donated millions (and were paid back handsomely by her husband in jobs, favors and government taxpayer dollars). Michelle, it goes both ways.
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Genocide? Obamacare not only pushes abortion as birth control to keep down the "burdens" in his own words of society but as of Aug 1st, young girls can be sterilized without parental permission. What's the purpose behind this take over by the govt as the parent? Are there a lot of 15 year olds lined up for sterilization procedures or is it to keep down unwanted population ala genocide?
There is a lot of disgusting, ridiculous, ornerous, confiscatory, economy and health care destroying pieces in the Obamacare sh**pie but this one may be the most chilling. This is the dirty little secret in Obama's radical WH, his advisors are radically left goons who believe in genocide to control "global warming".
Forcing taxpayers to kill babies already in the womb but now killing potential life before a child is old enough to make that decision for herself? Taking that decision from parents? Most 20 year olds aren't ready to make that decision much less a young teen. Absolutely chilling.
Forcing doctors to do a major surgery on a young 12-15 y.o. for no reason without parental permission, recipe for disaster. Welcome to Obamacare. Kathleen Sebileus is a one-woman death squad who simply follows orders. Sounds a lot like Nazi Germany doesn't it? But it's not, it's today - it's our new reality under Obama and his demented Obamacare.
August 13, 2012
Obamacare Mandate: Sterilize 15-Year-Old Girls for Free -- Without Parental Consent
Obamacare Mandate: Sterilize 15-Year-Old Girls for Free--Without Parental Consent By Sabrina Gladstone, CNS News August 10, 2012
(CNSNews.com) - Thanks to an Obamacare regulation that took effect on Aug. 1, health care plans in Oregon will now be required to provide free sterilizations to 15- year-old girls even if the parents of those girls do not consent to the procedure.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized the regulation earlier this year.
It says that all health care plans in the United States--except those provided by actual houses of worship organized under the section of the Internal Revenue Code reserved for churches per se--must provide coverage, without cost-sharing, for sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives to “all women with reproductive capacity.”
In practical terms, "all women with reproductive capacity" means girls as young as about 12. That, according to the National Institutes of Health, is when girls usually start menstruating.